Health and Safety

We recognize not all graduate advanced fieldwork may involve direct patient contact; however, many are in patient care/clinical settings and involve working with other healthcare professionals who come into contact with patients or clients. Additionally, it is not uncommon for a fieldwork site to require our students to be onboarded and compliant with the CPNW Clinical Passport to which we align our requirements. Therefore, upon admission and in preparation to enroll in our Advanced Fieldwork coursework, all Master of Nursing student must complete and stay current with our Health and Safety requirements throughout enrollment in the program.

Failure to do comport with the requirements will result in a retraction of the offer of admission, a registration hold, and or possible removal from the program as outlined in the student policies below.

To manage review and storage of documents and requirements, the School utilizes a secure online verification company, CastleBranch and has access to submitted materials. Students pay the related fees directly to CastleBranch as follows: Initial background check upon admissions (bi-annually there after): $53.00, annual background re-check: $16.00, and immunization/documentation/eLearning: $63.00.

Requirements for admission and continuation

  • Background check and criminal disclosure form upon admissions then annually thereafter
  • RN License valid in the State of Washington (active and unencumbered)
  • CPR training (valid American Heart Association BLH Healthcare Provider Certificate and/or eCard)
  • HIPAA training (completed through CastleBranch)
  • COVID-19, Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), Varicella (Chicken Pox)
  • Tuberculosis (TB), Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (TDaP), Influenza (for the current flu season
  • Acknowledgment of social networking, COVID-19 fieldwork, and blood-borne pathogen policies
  • Authorization for release of records form

Student policies

  • Applicants and students not in compliance with the Health and Safety requirements will have a registration hold placed on their account.
  • Admitted students must complete a national background check with acceptable results no later than one calendar week prior to the start of their first quarter.
  • Students must have an up-to-date background check with acceptable results throughout the program.
  • A background check with unacceptable results may result in removal from the program.
  • Students must have a current, unrestricted RN license valid in the State of Washington throughout enrollment in the program.
  • For students who fall out of compliance post-registration of the Advanced Fieldwork course (BNURS 590/591), the School reserves the right to remove the student from the course.

Contact and assistance

Students who have immunizations expire in their final quarter or after completing their fieldwork (BNURS 590 and 591) should contact the compliance officer for further instructions. Compliance Officer @ uwbnursingcompliance@uw.edu


Updated May 2024